Following the January boom, in February 2013 the global automotive market slipped 3% hit by Chinese market seasonality. Toyota was helped by lower Chinese weight with share pushed up. BMW was back on top of Premium while Renault failed challenging Fiat position among Top 10.
In March, the Global car market was flat thanks to a strong performance of China and others South Asian markets, with the Top 25 Countries slightly positive. Next month's outlook is now deteriorated, considering the negative pace of Europe and South America.
Following years of unrivaled dominion among top car models, in the 2012 Toyota Corolla leadership was seriously challenged by Ford Focus, which was able to outpace the rival by few units in the first half, but not to keep the leadership at year end.
In January 2013 the global automotive market was really strong due to a unique seasonality of the Chinese market. Among the World's Top 25 Car Brands Volkswagen in 2nd place reduced the gap from the leader, Toyota, while Nissan surged in 4th and all Chinese' advanced.
In February, the total light vehicles sold around the world declined 3.6%, as effect of Chinese New Year calendar. However, in the first two months of the year the market was up 5.2%, projecting a full year sales volume over 85 million. India is declining.
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Top Car Brands exclusive statistics reported by focus2move.com gives its verdict as far as full year 2012 results. Toyota leads the rank by far, followed by Volkswagen, second in spite low performance in North America, and Ford.
Driven by the Chinese anomalous jump, the group of 25 largest car markets started the year with the widest increase in years. January surprised for the Brazil market 28% boom and for the Indian market lost while Asean and Middle East momentum continued.
In November 2012, Toyota reinforced its global leadership posting an outstanding share of 11.2% while Volkswagen was 2nd with a share of 8.2%. Ford recovered the third place. Outstanding performance for Fiat which surged in 9th place.
The Top 25 world's Car Markets in December grew 4.6% from last year and the full 2012 ended with a 6.7% progress. China touched the 19 million vehicles, while USA and Japan posted a strong recovery.
In October, Toyota confirmed the global leadership thanks to Middle East and Thailand. Volkswagen was second while Chevrolet outpaced Ford surging in third place. Behind, Renault entered the Top 10, outpacing Fiat.
In November, the Global Car Market posted a significant 8.8% increase from last year, with the World's Top 25 Markets positive 9.6%. Last month performance was driven mainly by two countries, China, which posted the highest year-on-year increase of the 2012, and Thailand, where sales grew over 200%.
In the first 9 months of the year, the global car market posted a progress of 6.6%. The exclusive report over the Top 25 world's car brands shows the Toyota leadership was further reinforced with over 1.4 million vehicles and 10.6% of share.
Following the little decline posted in September, the group of the world's Top 25 car markets, started to grow again in October, posting a 6.8% increase. While the 2012 is near to end, the year-to-date increase was 6.7%. Thailand entered the Top 10 ranking for the 1st time ever!
In September, the world's Top 25 car markets, counting 89.2% of total world sales, posted 5.991.504 sales, down 0.6% from previous year and breaking a series of 9 consecutive growing months. Year-to-date sales were 53.5 million vehicles, up 6.7%.
The Top25 world's light vehicles markets in August 2012 posted 5.594.000 vehicles, up 11.4% from last year, while the total global sales were 53.1 million, up 10.5%. Year-to-date August sales in the Top25 were 47.5 million, up 7.7% from last year.
For the first time ever, focus2move reports the World's Top25 Car Brands Ranking. Data are year-to-date July 2012. Toyota was leading the race, thanks to the huge domestic sales volume, ahead of Volkswagen and Ford. Fiat was 10th and Audi was leader among luxury.
The world's light vehicles market maintained its momentum in July posting 6.5 million sales, up 8.5% from last year. YTD July sales were 46.9 million, up 6.9%. Among Top 25 Countries, Thailand and Japan gained more than 40%, while Spain dropped 25%.
Ford Focus on top of world car sales in first half 2012 with 503.520 sales, equal with the traditional leader, the Toyota Corolla. In third position the hybrid Toyota Prius which slowed sales in Q2. Ford was leading in three segments, with Focus, Fiesta and F-Series.
The world's light vehicles market posted a robust double digit growth in June with 7,1 million vehicles sold, up 11.1% from last year. The first half 2012 sales were 40.5 million, up 6.7%. Thailand and Indonesia gained positions while Spain and Turkey had lost.
The world's light vehicles market momentum continued in May with 6.8 million vehicles sold, up 10.7% from last year. The year to date May sales were 33.3 million, up 5.7%. Gaining 5 positions, Thailand was the world's 13th market.
Global car industry in first quarter 2012 registered 19.8 million vehicles, up 4.1% on previous year, in line with analysts forecast. The surprise is in the Top selling models ranking were Toyota Prius, achieved the leadership, a sensational performance for a hybrid vehicle, with over 256.000 sales.
The global light vehicle production surged at 80.5 million in the 2011, new all-time record, up 5% from previous year and 13.1% over the 2008, when the global economic crisis shocked the market. Cars production was 60.3 million while Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) was 20.2 millions.
The automotive industry entered in the 2012 full of uncertains due to the economic and financial situation in Europe and for the risk of reduced speed on main emerging markets. While submitting the yearly budget, theTop Automotive Executives would probably able to estimate with low risk only 50% of global markets, while for the others, the risk of large mistake is high.